CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Utah volleyball team rallied from behind late in the fifth set to close out the weekend with an electric five-set win in Corvallis on Sunday afternoon (20-25, 25-19, 25-23, 14-25, 15-13).
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team today,” said head coach Beth Launiere. “This group has continued to work hard every single day. There’s not one day that they let up and don’t strive to get better. It was nice to get this payoff. They came through in clutch situations which should give us a much needed confidence boost. We had contributions from so many players. It was truly a team win!”
Both teams split the first four sets at Gill Coliseum on Sunday as the Utes battled to climb out of a 13-11 deficit in the fifth set to win their 10th consecutive victory against Oregon State. There were minimal lead changes throughout the match, as only one lead change occurred in the first, second, and fourth sets and two lead changes in the third set. This is Utah’s third five-set victory of the season.
Lauren Jardine shined offensively, piling up 18 kills at a .304 clip as Kamryn Gibadlo collected 16 of her own. Amelia Van Der Werff also added double-digit kills, totaling 10 with one error, leading the team with a .474 hitting percentage. Dishing the ball, sophomore setter Viktoria Wahlgren assisted a Ute 41 times.
Leading the defense, Vanessa Ramirez captured 14 digs, leading the Utes in digs for the 23rd time this season and…